Applying for Admission
All applicants must complete the GW Online Application.
We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2020.
We will begin accepting applications for Fall 2021 beginning on June 1. The application deadline for Fall 2021 is December 1, 2020. Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted by this deadline.
A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. This fee is waived only for the following applicants:
- GW alumni (those holding a GW degree or graduate certificate)
- Current degree or graduate certificate candidates at GW
- Graduates of Minority Serving Institutions (MSI)
- Current McNair Program Scholars (a completed Certification of McNair Program Participation and Application Fee Waiver form must be submitted with your application)
- U.S. military personnel and veterans
General Admission Requirements
1. Minimum Overall GPA of 3.0
2. Education Requirements
- Completion of a graduate degree (minimum Master's-degree) from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation into the program or entry-level professional doctorate (MD, PA, DPT, OTD, MSN, DNP) in biomedical science or a health related field.
- Provide evidence of health-related practice, leadership, or research.
- Successful completion (B- or better) of 3 credits each of graduate-level epidemiology and biostatistics within 5 years of the date of application. The biostatistics course must include multiple regression and logistic (logit) regression.
- Applicants who have not completed these two courses may be able to do so online through GW once admitted to the PhD program but prior to full matriculation. This is considered a conditional acceptance pending the successful completion of all pre-requisites. Early application submission is strongly encouraged. Please contact the program coordinator for details.
Attach your current resume or CV that demonstrates experience in basic or clinical sciences, biomedical sciences, community health, or health services research and policy or significant clinical research.
Two letters of recommendation are required and must be submitted through the GW Online Application. Letters of recommendation should be from:
- Academic instructor who can strongly attest to your academic ability, and/or
- Individual who served in a supervisory capacity for you and who can strongly attest to your work ethic
- Letters of Recommendation must be submitted on official letterhead and be signed by the reference.
Recommendations are not acceptable from family members and friends.
4. Official Transcripts
Please submit an official transcript from every college and university you attended, whether or not a degree was earned, to the following address:
The George Washington University
Health Sciences Admissions
2600 Virginia Avenue NW, Suite T104
Washington, DC 20037
All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency.
5. Comprehensive Essay
Please include a personal statement describing your reasons for undertaking study at The George Washington University and how you anticipate your completion of the PhD will further your career goals. Describe a health related problem area of interest and discuss the translational nature of that problem. Also include a potential dissertation topic and any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form. This personal statement should be concise and precise, and should not exceed 1000 words.
6. English Language Test
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are required to submit official test scores for either Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearsons Test of English (PTE) Academic or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration:
- TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based
- PTE: overall score of 68
- IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0
International applicants who meet the following conditions may be considered for admission without submitting TOEFL, PTE or IELTS or scores:
- They are a citizen of countries where English is the official language (as identified by GW ISO list of Exempt countries) OR
- They hold at least a bachelor degree from a country where English is the official language as well as language of instruction OR
- They hold at least a bachelor degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency
All potential doctoral students will be interviewed by members of the admissions committee. Interviews will discuss the applicant's understanding of translational science, broad topical areas of interest as a potential dissertation focus, and the applicants fit within faculty research. Interviews are granted on an invitation-only basis.